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  • 3 Marines killed

     

    WASHINGTON — The Pentagon says the remains of three U.S. Marines killed when their helicopter was shot down during the Vietnam War will be buried next week at Arlington National Cemetery.

    The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Friday that the remains of the three men will be buried as a group with full military honors next Thursday. The three men are: Capt. John A. House II, of Pelham, New York; Lance Cpl. John D. Killen III, of Davenport, Iowa; and Cpl. Glyn L. Runnels Jr., of Birmingham, Alabama.

    The Pentagon says their remains were identified in March 2017.

    Military officials say House, the oldest at 28, was the pilot of the Sea Knight helicopter that crashed after being hit by enemy fire on June 30, 1967. Four others also were killed, including 18-year-old Killen and 21-year-old Runnels.

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  • Drug Dealer

     

    A Kalamazoo, Michigan, man will serve the rest of his life in prison for selling fentanyl that killed a man.

    Deondray Christopher Abrams, 26, was found guilty Wednesday, Nov. 28, of distributing fentanyl on March 21, 2017, which resulted in the death of Brandon Jay Demko, a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan who was suffering from severe PTSD, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

    Due to Abrams’ prior conviction, he faces a statutory mandatory term of life in prison when he is sentenced April 8.

    Demko, 33, purchased what he and friend Robert Larsen thought was heroin from Abrams on March 21, 2017. They went back to Larsen’s home, where Larsen injected Demko and himself, he testified at Abrams’ preliminary examination.

    Larsen testified he lost consciousness, then awoke 20 minutes later and found Demko blue and unresponsive. He shot Naloxone, meant to reverse overdoses, into his friend’s nose and when nothing happened, he called 911, according to a police report. Emergency responders arrived but could not save Demko.

    A federal jury convicted Abrams of distributing the fentanyl that killed Demko after a two-day trial.

    “Fentanyl is increasingly available in Western Michigan,” U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge said in a press release. “Drug dealers are mixing fentanyl with heroin and, as in this case, selling fentanyl as heroin. Fentanyl is so much more powerful than heroin that opioid deaths have risen in the past few years. The U.S. Attorney’s Office will continue to aggressively prosecute opioid drug dealers whose product results in death.”

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  • Marines Sky Penis

     

    A Marine aircraft drew another penis in the sky, Marine Corps spokesman Maj. Brian Block confirmed on Tuesday.

    The plane from the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing was responsible for two phallic flight patterns noticed by a Twitter user, Block told Task & Purpose.

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    The T-34C came from Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 101, said Maj. Josef Patterson, a spokesman for 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing. It was not immediately clear how many aviators were in the plane at the time, he said.

    “We’ve opened an investigation that is underway as we speak,” Patterson told Task & Purpose. “More to follow soon.”

    This is the second confirmed sky dong since November 2017, when two Navy EA-18G Growler flew a hard pattern over Washington state, leaving contrails in the shape of a wang.

    Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker, former commander of Naval Air Forces, personally disciplined the two Navy aviators responsible for the original sky phallus at a Field Naval Aviator Evaluation Board. They were punished administratively and ordered to hold a series of “Change the Culture” briefs, to explain to their fellow crews how their actions fell far short of what was expected of them and what “strategic effects” their behavior could create.

    “The American people rightfully expect that those who wear the wings of gold exhibit a level of maturity commensurate with the missions and aircraft with which they’ve been entrusted,” Shoemaker said at the time.

    “Sophomoric and immature antics of a sexual nature have no place in Naval aviation today. We will investigate this incident to get all the facts and act accordingly. This event clearly stands in stark contrast to the way our aviators and sailors are performing with utmost professionalism, discipline and excellence from our carrier flight decks and expeditionary airfields around the world today”

    Similar contrail patterns that appeared over Germany in April proved to be Freudian, but not phallic.

    Statement From The 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing:

    “A T-34C aircraft assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 101, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, flew an irregular flight pattern over the Salton Sea that resembled a phallic image. An investigation to uncover the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident is ongoing. The aircrew’s chain of command are committed to maintaining an environment of professionalism, dignity and respect. The Marines and Sailors of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing will perform at the highest levels expected of professional war fighters, and uphold our core values of honor, courage and commitment.”

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  • Marines Get Boot

     

    The Corps just pushed out its guidance on the Defense Department’s new “deploy or get out policy,” aimed at boosting readiness and lethality by booting out service members who have been non-deployable for 12 months.

    But Marines shouldn’t expect to have the full 12 months to whoop themselves back into deployable shape.

    In a forcewide message posted Wednesday, the Corps says it can start administrative or disability separation procedures before the 12-month mark.

    “Initiation of administrative or disability separation processing may occur prior to a Marine being in a non-deployable status for 12 months when a commanding officer determines there is a reasonable expectation that the reason will not be resolved and the Marine will not become deployable,” the MARADMIN reads.

    Only about 4 percent of the Corps, or 7,458 active-duty Marines, excluding trainees and transient personnel, were considered non-deployable as of Aug. 31, 2018, according to Maj. Craig Thomas, a spokesman for Manpower and Reserve Affairs. The figures include temporary and permanent non-deployable Marines.

    The reasons for their non-deployable status varies, Thomas said, but most of them are medically related, with some temporarily non-deployable due to illness or injury.

    “Our focus is to help these Marines heal as quickly as possible so they can get back to training with their unit,” Thomas said.

    But another group, those permanently non-deployable and pending a disability evaluation, the Corps' goal is to “seek a timely disability decision in coordination with the Department of Veterans Affair and Department of Defense and help transition the member to life outside the military,” Thomas told Marine Corps Times.

    The Corps has always separated recruits and Marines who have been in a long-term non-deployable status, with the exception of pregnant and postpartum Marines. The Corps' retention separation policy falls in line with the new Defense Department’s new instructions, Thomas explained.

    “What has changed with this new policy is the retention decision that was previously left to the commanding generals will now come to Marine Corps Headquarters (Manpower & Reserve Affairs) for further review and adjudication,” Thomas explained.

    However, there are some exemptions and leeway in the new policy.

    “Pregnant and post-partum Marines are the only group automatically exempted from the retention determinations directed in this MARADMIN for pregnancy related health conditions during pregnancy through the post-partum period,” the message reads.

    Any other exemptions must go through the secretary of defense, according to the MARADMIN.

    The Defense Department also has exempted combat wounded Marines.

    Marines in a non-deployable status for more than 12 months will be evaluated for retention, but the Corps reserves the ability to retain Marines “on case by case basis if determined to be in the best interest of the Marine Corps.”

    A Military Times report found that nearly 126,000 service members across the total force were listed non-deployable as of Aug. 31, 2018.

    A Military Times story first warned that service members across the military may not be afforded the entire 12 months until they are separated.

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  • Marine Woman Gets to 2nd

    The first female Marine to complete the second phase in the intense selection process to become a MARSOC Raider, is leaving the Corps “for other opportunities” after being passed over for the final phase of training, Military.com reports.

    • Sgt. Bailey Weis, an aviation maintenance controller with Marine Attack Squadron 542, completed both phases of the Marine Special Operations Command’s Assessment and Selection course on her first attempt.
    • According to Military.com, Weis chose to leave the Marine Corps after she was not selected for the Individual Training Course, the nine-month crucible that molds qualified Marines into elite MARSOC Raiders, a MARSOC spokesman Maj. Nick Mannweiler told Military.com
    • Only 5% of initial applicants end up selected for the ITC, Mannweiler said.
    • “It feels good to be the first one because that way other females know it’s possible to do something like this,” Weis told Military.com. “If that makes them want to do it more or have more confidence, then I think it’s going to break a good barrier — especially for special operations.”
    • “There are some cultures where men aren’t able to interact with women,” she added. “Having women on those missions who meet the same standards that you’ve got men in special operations meeting, that’s a huge asset.”
    • The sergeant has come the closest among female Marines to earning MARSOC’s Critical Skills Operator (0372) military occupational specialty. Currently, there are just 27 female Marines serving in the infantry (03) MOS.

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  • Marine Vets Malpractice

     

    He's left with a permanent disability and no way to recover damages. Instead, he's trying to change the law.

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